I have a few questions for the masses. I just picked up my first pair of shell cordovan shoes - Kenwood in burgundy:
On the inside of the shoe, the model number is 44006, so I know that these are, in fact, the cordovan Kenwood's. However, the sole is not leather, as it is advertised online. It appears to be rubber, similar to that of the sole of the Kenwood VIP. Has anyone run into this issue when receiving their factory-second shoes (rubber sole when expected leather)? Just trying to gauge others' experiences.
Also, assuming these are cordovan, what is the best way to take care of them (or cordovan shoes, in general)? Is there something I should do initially before wearing them? When I opened them out of the box, there is some sort of white substance on the shoes. Does anyone know what this is? Should I wipe it away with a cloth?
On a side note, I have a new pair of walnut Parkway's and a new pair of chili Delray's, and I have been debating about whether to Topy them or not. What is the feel around here regarding this? Also, what is the feel regarding the metal toe taps? I have 8 pairs of AE's so far, and have not Topy's or toe-tapped any of them as I did not know such a thing existed (still pretty new to the dress-shoe world).
Finally, I also picked up a pair of Westbrook's in cayenne:
Great looking shoe, in my opinion. How do people around here take care of their boat shoes? What treatment should be used?
Unfortunately, I will be out of town for a couple weeks, and cannot take pictures. I will do so when I return, though!